Friday, October 11, 2013

New York City | This Must Be The Place

Is there anything that some of the wealthiest 1% of Americans aren't doing to ruin this country?

According to one of my favorite Talking Heads, David Byrne, New York City is in danger of losing what remains of its creative soul as the wealthiest one percent usurp the cultural resources that once made the city "a repository of ideas and information".

As quoted by David in Rolling Stone Magazine -

"The cultural part of the city – the mind – has been usurped by the top one percent."

As the "arty types" have had increasing difficulty finding jobs, the rich financiers have taken over.

Byrne notes their monetary contributions to civic institutions such as museums and symphony halls. "But it's like funding your own clubhouse," he writes. "It doesn't exactly do much for the rest of us or for the general health of the city. At least, we might sigh, they do that, as they don't pay taxes – that we know."

But, David Byrne isn't the only NYC creative artist that can be found complaining about the problem.

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